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Common calendar, Packet papers, December 17


The Princeton Farmers Market will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Franklin Avenue lot bi-weekly beginning Dec. 9.

Shoppers can expect local organic produce, local meats, artisan bread, gluten-free/vegan goods, empanadas and more.

A full list of market dates and participating vendors can be viewed at www.princetonfarmersmarket.com

The market is authorized to accept SNAP/EBT cards to be used on eligible purchases.






East Windsor residents can volunteer for appointment to various township boards and committees, including the Clean Communities Advisory Committee, Commission on Aging, East Windsor Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Commission, Health Advisory Board, Local Assistance Board, Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The mayor and council will make appointments at the January reorganization meeting, as well as throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Residents interested in volunteering can obtain an application form from the Municipal Clerk or from the township website or send a letter of interest and a resume or information about their background to: Mayor Janice S. Mironov and Council Members, East Windsor Township Municipal Building, 16 Lanning Blvd., East Windsor 08520; or fax to 609-443-8303.

For an application form or further information, call 609-443-4000, ext. 238.



Mercer County’s Notary Nights will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 3-7:30 p.m. at the Mercer County Connection satellite office, 957 Route 33, Hamilton.

The dates for 2022 are Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

A mask or face covering must be worn to enter. 

To be sworn in by Mercer County Clerk’s Office staff as a new notary, prospective notaries must apply and have their applications signed by a legislator. If you file your application online it will be sent to your legislator electronically.

After the State of New Jersey processes your application, you will be sent your commission by mail.

You must take your oath of office.

The fee is $15; checks and money order are accepted.

Prospective notaries will also need a photo ID and their certificate on hand to be sworn in.

For current notaries public, an executive order signed by the governor enables those whose commissions were due to expire to continue to perform notarial acts. The order allows any notaries public whose existing commissions have expired during the public health emergency (March 2020 to the present) to continue to act as a notary as long as they enter the commission expiration date shown on their most recent renewal certificate when doing so. If they fail to renew their commission during the 90-day period following the last day of the public health emergency, their commissions will expire and they will have to reapply in order to conduct notarial acts.

For more information about notaries public and for updates on office openings and closings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk-/office-services/notary-public or call 609-989-6465.






Friday, Dec. 17



An Indoor Drum Circle will be held from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 17, at the Lawrence library branch, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence Township.

Join an in-person drum circle led by Ange.

Drummers of all levels of experience are invited to participate.

Bring drums or use sanitized ones provided by the library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
Registration is required.




Through Friday, Dec. 17

The Anne Reid ’72 Gallery at Princeton Day School will resume exhibits after an 18-month hiatus.

Anne Gilman: At the still point of the turning world will be on display through Dec. 17. Gilman is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in varying formats that include large-scale drawings and multi-panel projects.

The gallery has typically been open to the public during school hours throughout the academic year on days when school is in session. Currently, the gallery is scheduled to begin public hours as of Oct. 4.

Because COVID protocols at Princeton Day School may continue to change, exhibition reception/events will be updated at www.pds.org/the-arts/anne-reid-gallery.

To schedule a private viewing, email annereid72gallery@pds.org.

Princeton Day School is located at 650 Great Road, Princeton.




The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department’s 26th Annual Toy Drive places donation boxes at 57 locations across Burlington County.

Collections will occur regularly through Dec. 17.

Donation sites include multiple Burlington County government offices, libraries, schools, municipal buildings, courthouses, community centers and businesses. A complete list with addresses is available at www.facebook.com/100066357081089/posts/219902923564942/?d=n and on the Sheriff’s Department’s free mobile phone and tablet app, which can be downloaded at https://apps.myocv.com/share/a53408060 .

Businesses or offices interested in hosting a donation box can contact the Sheriff’s Community Services Unit at 609-265-3788 or abarcliff@co.burlington.nj.us by Nov. 30.

Donated toys and gifts will be distributed to local children by community partners and providers. Last year, those included the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Oaks Integrated Care in Mount Holly, the Christian Caring Center in Pemberton Township, Providence House Domestic Violence Services, Sisterhood in Burlington City, Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, Foster and Adoptive Family Services of Princeton and House of God in Delran.


The Social Services Department in Hillsborough is accepting donations to supplement the gifts donated to the Adopt-A-Family program. This will allow the department to accommodate residents who have been affected by last-minute unforeseen circumstances and come to Social Services for assistance.
Currently, there is a need for new clothing with tags, and new toys still in the box. P
Bring all donations to the Community Assistance Network (C.A.N) in the Social Services Department, 379 S. Branch Road, no later than Dec. 17.

Friday, Dec. 17 to Sunday, Dec. 19


American Repertory Ballet announces the return of “The Nutcracker” this holiday season.

Performances are scheduled at the State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 19.

All patrons attending a performance must show proof of vaccination via a vaccine card, or through NJ’s Docket App, or a negative COVID-19 PCR. Check each venue’s website for more information.

All patrons are required to wear masks at all times while inside the venue regardless of  vaccination status. This includes children older than 2 who have not been vaccinated.

Visit arballet.org to purchase tickets.

Call 609-921-7758 for more information.




Through Saturday, Dec. 18


New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) announced the Frank Bollaci Memorial Scholarship.

A long-time president of the South Brunswick Soccer Club, Bollaci was also a coach and seasoned referee with the NJ State Referee Committee.

Beginning this fall, the Frank Bollaci Memorial Scholarship will award $1,000 to a deserving college-bound senior.

All applications, along with a short essay and high school transcript, must be received by Dec. 18. The essay should give an explanation of what soccer means to the applicant and how soccer has impacted his/her life. Also describe community service.

Scholarship winners will be notified by NJYS by Jan. 4, 2022. Winners will receive an award and also have the opportunity to be recognized via a press release and online interview promoted by NJYS.
The recipient of the scholarship will also receive recognition of the accomplishment through the NJYS Annual Awards presented by RWJBarnabas Health, which will take place in early 2022.

Applications are being accepted at www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQSLK9L



The Gallery 14 Fine Art Photography Gallery in Hopewell continues its season of exhibits with a special “Members Holiday Exhibit and Boutique” through Dec. 18.

The exhibit will include fine art photographs both on the walls and in the artist’s bins, along with smaller gift items including calendars, note cards, purses, scarves and jewelry accessories. There will also be items from the Water Color Women of Gallery 14.


The exhibit will feature works by all of the member artists: John Clarke, Pennington; Alice Grebanier, Branchburg; Larry Parsons, Princeton; Charles Miller, Ringoes; Philip “Dutch” Bagley, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; Martin Schwartz, East Windsor; Joel Blum, East Windsor; John Strintzinger, Elkins Park; Mary Leck, Kendall Park; Barbara Warren, Yardley, Pennsylvania; David Ackerman, Hopewell; and Bennett Povlov, Elkins Park.


Gallery 14 is a Co-Op gallery of like-minded artists who want to promote photography as a fine art medium.


Gallery 14 will be offering an ongoing series of exhibits throughout the year featuring individual members as well as guest artists. For more information on Gallery 14 and its exhibits, visit www.gallery14.org.


Gallery 14 is located at 14 Mercer St. in Hopewell, and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made to view the show at other times.



The Mercer County Clerk’s Office provides a multitude of ID card services, specifically Veteran ID (Vet ID), Goldstar ID, and Resident ID cards.

Through Dec. 18, Veterans ID cards will be free of charge in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. Or, the regular cost for a Vet ID is $10, and the card is valid for 10 years.

The Veteran ID is a form of photo ID you can use to demonstrate that you served in the U.S. Military. Some of the benefits of having this card may be certain discounts offered to veterans at local stores, businesses and restaurants. This card allows a veteran the ability to avoid carrying around military discharge papers or sharing sensitive personal information to prove veteran status.

For anyone interested in getting a Vet ID, or any other IDs, make an appointment with the County Clerk’s Office ID Department by calling 609-278-7108 or visiting www.mercercounty.org/government/county-clerk.

To acquire a Vet ID card, bring the following: DD214: Certificate of Release and one of the following four forms of identification: A non-expired driver license; proof of voter registration status; residential proof that shows you own or rent a home in Mercer County/copy of deed, or copy of your lease with your address, name and current date; or a family member who you live with that has a current New Jersey driver’s license who is willing to sign as a witness.


Mercer County Veteran Services will hold its annual holiday basket giveaway for veterans beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 18, while supplies last, in the parking lot of Veteran Services, 1440 Parkside Ave., Ewing.

This will be a contactless event.

For more information, visit https://www.mercercounty.org/home?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery



Saturdays, Dec. 18 to Jan. 1, 2022

With so many people in the community hurting physically, mentally and spiritually these days, and especially during this holiday season, SandyK & Partners and Hopewell United Methodist Church (HUMC) have partnered to put the HA! BACK in the Holiday season by hosting “SandyK’s HA-HA-HOLIDAYS” Therapeutic Laughter Yoga.

Laughter Yoga is a unique wellness program founded in 1995 in India by a medical doctor, Dr. Madan Kataria, and his yoga teacher wife, Madhuri, that combines yogic deep breathing (pranayama), stretching and playful laughter exercises that is now practiced in over 100 countries.

Ha!Ha!Holidays Therapeutic Laughter Yoga is for anyone in need of relief from the stress or sad(SADD)ness of the holiday season or folks wanting to burn some calories before/after the big feast or those just looking to enjoy fun and wellness with like-minded people.

Held in the HUMC’s Lower Dining Hall at 20 Blackwell Ave. in Hopewell, the program is being held Dec. 18 and 25 and Jan. 1, 2022, for two sessions each day from 10-11:15 a.m. and from noon to 1:15 p.m.

A $20 donation is requested, which helps provide free session scholarships to those in need.

Conducted by certified instructor Sandy Kimbrough, participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and, as with any exercise program, check with their healthcare provider before participating.

Chairs and refreshments and prizes provided.

Social distancing observed, with masks optional.

To register, call 609-516-0215.





Sunday, Dec. 19

Santa Claus will make his tour of Bordentown City starting at 5 p.m. Dec. 19.


Hopewell United Methodist Church will hold a free Christmas concert with the Lambertville Brass Band at 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at the church, 20 Blackwell Ave., Hopewell.

All are welcome

For more information, visit HopewellMethodist.org



Through Sunday, Dec. 19

Discover artisan handicrafts and specialty items at Princeton’s Artist Chalet Winter Village.

The Artist Chalet Winter Village will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 19, on Hinds Plaza, Witherspoon Street, next to the Princeton Public Library.

Grab hot drinks and snacks from local restaurants and enjoy sidewalk sales at local retailers.

Artist chalets have been curated by the Arts Council of Princeton.

Visit artscouncilofprinceton.org for more information.


Boy Scout Troop 43 of Princeton will hold a Christmas tree and wreath sale through Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.

There is a no-contact purchase option.

Free delivery within Princeton.

To order, visit www.troop43treesale.com or visit the Princeton YMCA lot at 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton.






Monday, Dec. 20

The Somerset County 4-H Association will hold its 10th annual Community Holiday Dinner on Dec. 25. This event, made possible through volunteers and donations, invites the public to a takeout-only lasagna dinner at no cost.

Reservations are due by Dec. 20 and can be done by contacting the Somerset County 4-H office at 908-526-6644..

For more information, visit 4histops.org/events.




Wednesday, Dec. 22

The Hightstown American Legion will hold a blood drive from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Legion, 895 Route 130 north, East Windsor.

Each donor can help three patients.

For an appointment, visit https://nybc.org/newjerseydrive using sponsor code 70798; or call 800-933-2566.

Walk-ins will be accepted if spacing allows.

Remember to eat, drink and bring a donor ID card or ID with name and photo.

Donors 76 and over need a doctor’s note unless one is already on file. Sixteen year olds need a signed New York Blood Center consent form.




Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 29

The Indoor Wednesday Film Festival will be held Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 29, from 2-4 p.m. at the West Windsor Branch of the library, 333 N. Post Road, Princeton Junction.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the featured actor of the month.
Registration is required. Call 609-799-0462.

Sponsored by the Friends of the West Windsor Library.


Friday, Dec. 24

Hopewell United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service and carol singing at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church, 20 Blackwell Ave., Hopewell.

All are welcome.

For more information, visit HopewellMethodist.org



Sundays, through Dec. 26

The Princeton University Carillon bells in the Cleveland Tower at the Princeton University Graduate College will play holiday music every Sunday at 1 p.m. through Dec. 26. The concert is free.


Sunday, Dec. 26

Join the Old Barracks Museum, the Trenton Downtown Association, and other Trenton sites on Dec. 26 to kick off Patriots Week.

Events for Dec. 26: “Trenton: The Winter Soldiers” at the Old Barracks Museum

12-4:30 p.m.: The Old Barracks is open. American, British and Hessian soldiers will be stationed at the Old Barracks throughout the day to interact with the public and talk about their experiences fighting for George III and George Washington during the American Revolution. $5 Suggested museum admission.

12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.: “The Trouble With Trenton” Puppet Show at Warren Street Plaza, 101 N. Warren St., Trenton. A mini historical look at some amazing American history presented with marionettes and rod puppets and help from the audience. The show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of “revolting” action. Free. In case of weather, the location will be moved to First Presbyterian Church, 120 E. State St., Trenton.

1:30 p.m.: Musket Demonstration. Soldiers of the British Army will drill and fire their muskets on the parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum. $5 Suggested museum admission.

2:30 p.m.: “My Brave Fellows.” With enlistments about to end, Washington’s officers compel the soldiers of the Continental Army to stay on six more weeks beyond the end of their enlistments. At the Old Barracks Museum. $5 Suggested museum admission.

3:30 p.m.: What’s In The Pack? A soldier of the Continental will open his pack and explain the importance of the different items he has burdened himself with. At the Old Barracks Museum. $5 Suggested museum admission.

4:30 p.m.: Musket Demonstration at Mill Hill Park. Soldiers of the Continental Army will drill and fire their muskets in Mill Park. Free.

5 p.m.: Assunpink Firewalk and Reading of “The American Crisis” at Mill Hill Park. Join Mayor Reed Gusciora on the Iron Bridge in Mill Hill Park to usher in a new holiday tradition in the City of Trenton. As darkness falls, watch Continental soldiers light 13 torches along the south bank and hear a dramatic reading of Thomas Paine’s “The American Crisis.” Free.

From Dec. 27-31, the Old Barracks will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Musket demonstrations will be offered at noon and 2 p.m.

The museum is closed on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Due to COVID-19, the annual Battle of Trenton reenactments will not take place.

Visit www.barracks.org and www.patriotsweek.com for full details.



Through Tuesday, Dec. 28

The Gourgaud Gallery’s 12th Annual Open Call exhibit will be held through Dec. 28 at the gallery, Cranbury Town Hall, 23-A N. Main St., Cranbury.

The show will feature several different mediums (paintings, drawings, photography) in a variety of styles and sizes, created by many different artists.

The gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Due to COVID safety precautions, there will not be a reception. 

The Gourgaud Gallery donates 20% of art sales to the Cranbury Arts Council.

Cash or a check made out to the artist is accepted as payment.

For more information, contact Linda Gilbert at Paintingsbylinda@gmail.com .


Wednesday, Dec. 29

The Hillsborough branch of the Somerset County Library System New Jersey will offer New Year’s Eve at Noon, for children ages 2-6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 29 at the library, 379 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough.

For a complete list of programs, visit SCLSNJ.org/events.




Through Jan. 2, 2022

From air samplers that record the microclimate to scale replicas of the rooms at Bainbridge House that spin on the quarter hour, Jesse Stecklow’s work investigates the ways in which both atmospheric and built surroundings affect perceptions. 

In his first solo museum exhibition, the Los Angeles-based artist explores the processes of perception and creativity through site-responsive installations at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art@Bainbridge gallery, located in a restored 18th-century home at 158 Nassau St., Princeton. 

Components in the Air/Jesse Stecklow brings together works from five of the artist’s series that interweave imagery, motion and sound to heighten visitors’ attention to the ways in which personal associations, memories and perspectives shape experiences of space.

The installation will be on view through Jan. 2, 2022.



Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022

The Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) will mark the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Princeton – fought on Jan. 3, 1777 – with “Experience the Battle of Princeton” on Jan. 2.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Road, Princeton, with a presentation by Larry Kidder, historian and author of “Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds” and several other books on Revolutionary War New Jersey.

Following this presentation, attendees can watch the narrated re-enactment, with British and American re-enactors, including artillery.

Following the reenactment, the New Jersey Sons of the American Revolution will hold a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Grove behind the colonnade on the battlefield.

Tours of the historic Thomas Clarke House will be offered.

Pre-registration is required at www.pbs1777.org




Monday, Jan. 3 through Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

American Repertory Ballet will offer Dance Anew 2022: Winter Intensive from 4-8 p.m. Jan. 3-6, 2022, for Princeton Ballet School Levels 5-8, trainees and experienced dancers age 12 and older.

The Winter Intensive will inspire presence, artistry and technique.

Directed by Gillian Murphy and hosted by Princeton Ballet School, each day of classes will culminate with an interview between Murphy and a guest teacher as they discuss secrets to success, including their best advice for seizing every moment as a dancer. 

Faculty for Dance ANEW 2022 includes Stella AbreraAydmara CabreraDa’ Von DoaneMichael MindlinGillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel.

Register via Jackrabbit 

The cost is $350.

For more information on the Winter Intensive, contact Carol Bellis at 609-921-7758 or cbellis@arballet.org

For more general information, visit www.arballet.org/dance-anew/


Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

Mercer County Technical Schools is accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year for academies beginning in ninth grade, shared-time for 11th and 12th grades, and Career Prep for 12th grade.

A virtual information session will be held from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 4, 2022, at https://meet.google.com/jij-konb-gvw.

For more information and the application, visit www.mcts.edu




Through Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Residents in Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties who had property damage or loss caused by remnants of Tropical Storm Ida in September have until Jan. 5, 2022, to apply for FEMA individual assistance.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses, and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Residents can register for disaster assistance, update their contact information, ask questions about a letter from FEMA, get information about FEMA home inspections, or learn how to appeal a FEMA decision by visiting disasterassistance.gov, downloading the FEMA app or calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).




Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Jewish Family Services of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties is offering a Job Seekers Success Group for active job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or seeking a career change. 

The next group will be held from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5, 2022, via Zoom.

The topic for this session is Maximizing LinkedIn, presented by John Sher, president of Sher Coaching and developer of the Trust Success Model.

In this interactive session, learn how to build and enhance your personal brand, strengthen your profile, be seen in your industry, find the right job for you, and find the people who can help you get it.

This group is offered free of charge and is open to the entire community. 

Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation and to be admitted to the group.

To register or for information about Career Counseling Services, contact Elise Prezant at  eprezant@JewishFamilySvc.org or 908-725-7799, ext. 108.





Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

Join Rabbi Matt Nover of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor as he teaches about all different aspects of Jewish life.

During this session at 7 p.m. Jan. 6, he will discuss Tallit and Tefillin.

This is a Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 897 003 3588, Password 1234.

This is open to the community.

For more information, call 609-443-4454 or visit www.bethel.net.


Through Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022

Special exhibit through Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

 D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to experience nature through the art exhibition “Emergence,” on view through Feb. 3, 2022.

David O. Anderson,  former  president of the Princeton Photography Club,  and long-time member of the land trust’s Photographers of Preservation,  is exhibiting a  new  collection of fine art  photographs  of nature seen from the viewpoint of children.

The Olivia Rainbow Gallery, named in memory of 5-year-old Olivia Kuenne, has been transformed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Pl., off Rosedale Road, Princeton.

All photographs are for sale, a percentage supporting D&R Greenway’s land preservation and stewardship mission in Central Jersey and along the Delaware Bay.

Open viewing hours for the Garden State Watercolor Society’s “Recovery” Juried Exhibition and “Delaware River – River of the Year 2020”  lobby installation are Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Jan. 7, 2022, in the same location.

Visitors are asked to follow COVID safety precautions, remaining masked inside the 1900 barn.




Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

Meet the mayors of Cranbury, Monroe, Jamesburg, Helmetta, South Brunswick and Plainsboro from 8-10 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Princeton, 900 Scudders Mill Road, Plainsboro.

Learn about economic development opportunities, arts and culture, travel and tourism, and sustainability.

To register, visit www.mcrcc.org/event/meet-the-mayors-2021-part-1/

Sponsored by the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce.



Beginning Friday, Jan. 7, 2022


Literacy Volunteers of Somerset County (LVSC) is recruiting volunteer tutors to teach literacy skills to adult learners in Somerset County. 

Training is provided to all LVSC volunteer tutors through a required 4-week virtual workshop. 

The first step in becoming a volunteer LVSC tutor is to attend a Tutor Information Session. The schedule is 3 p.m. Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Jan. 11 and 3 p.m. Jan. 14, all virtually via Zoom.

After attending an information session, the next step is to attend LVSC’s 4-week Tutor Training Workshop which is held virtually on Zoom. Sessions are scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, and Feb. 4 and 11.

Participants must also complete online training modules prior to each Zoom session.

Upon completion of the 4-week training, tutors are matched with an adult learner. Depending on public health guidance, you and your student will choose to either meet weekly at the library or you will work together virtually using Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc.  

To register, visit www.literacysomerset.org/get-involved/tutor/information-sessions/register 

For more information, visit www.literacysomerset.org or call 908-725-5430.



Through Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022

The New Jersey School Boards Association is encouraging students to submit entries to the Garden State Film Festival’s student submission category, “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short” by the Jan. 8 deadline.

This category is reserved for works that are written, directed and shot by New Jersey high school students. Films must focus on some aspect of their hometown, including topics like profiles of interesting persons, places, time periods or subjects related to the arts.

This film submission category has been created to encourage young filmmakers’ creativity while instilling a sense of pride in their hometowns and state, according to information provided by the NJSBA.

Students are encouraged to submit entries on their own or through their school by the Jan. 8 deadline. The Garden State Film Festival’s professional jury will select winning films in various categories. The festival will take place from March 23-27 in Asbury Park. For more information, visit GSFF.org


The Off the Wall Holiday Market is open through Jan. 8, 2022, at West Windsor Arts in Princeton Junction, and its satellite gallery at Whole World Arts at the Princeton MarketFair Shopping Center, featuring 80 original artworks for sale.

In addition, more than 200 handmade items can be found at the MarketFair location.

Items can also be purchased online at westwindsorarts.org.  

For more information about ongoing activities and classes at West Windsor Arts and Whole World Arts, visit westwindsorarts.org or call 609-716-1931.





Through Jan. 10, 2022

Festival of Trees 2021 will be presented by Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 10, 2022.

Morven’s annual holiday tradition continues for its 16th year with a juried collection of themed trees and mantels displayed throughout the museum’s galleries decorated by talented members of Garden Clubs and Organizations.

Decorators include American Spaniel Club, Contemporary Garden Club, Mount Laurel Garden Club, Neshanic Garden Club, New Jersey Audubon Society, Nottingham Garden Club, Princeton Public Library, Stony Brook Garden Club, The Garden Club of Princeton, The Present Day Club and West Trenton Garden Club.

Reserve a timed admission. Limited walkups will be available.

Cost is $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students, free for Friends of Morven, free for children under 6, and free for active military.


The museum is located at 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

To register, visit www.morven.org/festivaloftrees21


Tuesday, Jan. 11

Pennington School’s Middle School will hold a virtual open house at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.
Head of School Chrissie Knight and Middle School Dean of Students Lisa Houston will lead an informative session for parents of prospective students.

Register at https://pennington.schooladminonline.com/portal/public_calendars/middle_school_information_session






Jan. 11 to Feb. 26, 2022

Special event Jan. 16

West Windsor Arts Council and Art Against Racism will present “Manifesting Beloved Community,” a juried exhibit of work exploring the relationship of community health with race, racism and efforts to create an antiracist society, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 26, 2022, at both West Windsor Arts, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction; and at Whole World Arts at MarketFair, 3535 Route 1, Princeton.

A virtual and in-person reception is planned for Jan. 16.

Selected work will be shown in an online gallery viewable at artagainstracism.org



Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022

Monday, Jan 24, 2022

The American Red Cross will hold blood drives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 and from 2-7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Room 320, Laurel Hall, of the Mount Laurel Campus of Rowan College at Burlington County, 900 College Circle, Mount Laurel.

To register, visit https://rcbc.edu/events



Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

Join Rabbi Matt and the crew of Beth El Synagogue in East Windsor as they explore Space: the Final Frontier, and other modern Halakhic issues, at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19. This class will focus on Death and Life Support.

This is a Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 897 003 3588, Password 1234.

Open to the community.

For more information, call 609-443-4454 or visit www.bethel.net.




Through Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022

Orlando, an exhibition of contemporary photography guest-curated by award-winning actor Tilda Swinton, will open Dec. 4 and launch Art on Hulfish, a new gallery space from the Princeton University Art Museum.

Art on Hulfish showcases a roster of exhibitions led by photography that will consider issues of profound impact on 21st-century life. Located in downtown Princeton, it encompasses some 3,000 square feet of exhibition space and another 2,000 square feet for public programming, ranging from drop-in activities to scheduled work with artists.

Admission is free.

The gallery will present four exhibitions each year until late 2024, when the museum’s new building designed by Sir David Adjaye is projected to open.


“Orlando” is inspired by the themes of Virginia Woolf’s revolutionary 1928 novel “Orlando: A biography,” the story of a young aristocrat who lives for three centuries without aging and shifts gender along the way; and Sally Potter’s equally groundbreaking 1992 film “Orlando,” which featured an androgynous Swinton in the starring role.

The resulting exhibition of more than 50 photographs includes baroque inventions by Mickalene Thomas, layered images by Carmen Winant, and fragmented figural studies by Paul Mpagi Sepuya, among others.


“Orlando” will be on view at Art on Hulfish Dec. 4 through Jan. 23, 2022.

Art on Hulfish joins Art@Bainbridge, the museum’s other satellite gallery in Princeton’s Bainbridge House, a revolutionary-era building retrofit to present primarily solo installations by emerging and early-career artists throughout the year.




The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, announced the launch of the 10th annual Protect Me With 3+ poster and video contest.


The contest challenges New Jersey youth in middle and high school to raise awareness about the importance of adolescent immunizations including tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) and flu vaccines. Additionally, the contest has expanded to include entries for COVID-19 vaccination awareness.

Middle school and high school students can participate in the contest by submitting a hand-drawn poster or an original computer-generated poster that integrates key facts about one of the adolescent vaccines listed above. High school students also have the option to submit a video up to 30 seconds long instead of a poster.

In addition to accepting posters via mail, the contest is also accepting poster and video submissions electronically at www.protectmewith3.com/submit.

If a student is selected as a finalist, the agency will provide them with a pre-stamped envelope to mail their original poster.

Judges will then select the top three winners in each category.

The submission deadline is Jan. 23, 2022. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in the video and poster categories, and the winning entries will be showcased during various statewide immunization awareness activities.

Additionally, students who submit entries by Jan. 1, 2022, will be entered into random drawings to win prizes courtesy of Protect Me With 3+ event sponsors.

For more information about Protect Me With 3+ sponsorship opportunities, visit www.protectmewith3.com/sponsors.

The top five finalists in each of the three categories will be posted on www.protectmewith3.com for public voting in March. The winners will then be announced and honored at an awards ceremony in May.

New Jersey teachers are encouraged to make the Protect Me With 3+ contest a class project. As an added incentive, prizes will be awarded to the classrooms with the most eligible submissions in each of the three categories. For more information on lesson plans and interactive materials for schools, visit http://www.protectmewith3.com/schools.

Information regarding eligibility, video and poster submission guidelines, and contest rules can be found at www.protectmewith3.com.



Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

On Feb. 1, the Lunar New Year will be celebrated around the world. Welcome the Year of the Tiger with award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Grace Lin and the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) during a virtual program on Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

During the program, students in grades K-3 will digitally connect with Lin as she shares samples of her works; explains customs and stories around the Lunar New Year commemoration; and leads participants in an interactive drawing demonstration and Q&A session. 

Attendees are encouraged to read Lin’s books “The Year of the Dog” and/or “Bringing in the New Year” prior to the program. 

For more information or to register for the virtual program, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/5663371.

In addition to the author program, on Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m., the Somerville branch, located at 35 W. End Ave. in Somerville, will host a drop-in program about tigers to celebrate the 2022 Lunar New Year for children ages 4-7. For more information, visit sclsnj.libnet.info/event/5787976




Through Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022

Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) James Kerney Campus (JKC) Gallery announced its next photography exhibit entitled “Homecoming 2021,” which showcases the works of photography students who graduated during the pandemic.

“Homecoming 2021,” is a FUJIFILM-sponsored collaboration between Booksmart Studio (Eric Kunsman) and Float Photo Magazine (Yoav Friedlander and Dana Stirling), along with JKC Gallery Director Michael Chovan-Dalton and artist Alanna Airitam.

The show celebrates the hard-fought creative triumphs of students around the globe whose final years as undergraduate and graduate students were disrupted by the pandemic.

The free open worldwide call to “Homecoming 2021” invited 2020-2021 photography graduates to submit their work. All work will be published and select images will be exhibited at Mercer County Community College’s JKC Gallery. 

For more information about the artists, visit https://jkcgallery.onnline/homecoming-2021.

Gallery hours are Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by reservation. Register the visit at least one day in advance at JKCGallery.online.

To learn more about the show, the reception and registration requirements, including Zoom links, visit JKCGallery.online.







Through Sunday, Jan. 30



The Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s Annual Juried Photo Exhibition has a scheduled opening for March 26, 2022.

All photographs must be made within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve. The reserve is found in portions of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Ocean counties. All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment.

Submission date is Jan. 30.

More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for First Place Best in Show; $350 each for First Place Landscape, Flora & Fauna, and Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc).

Photographs submitted for exhibition will be selected by a credentialed jury with final selections chosen by Michael Yamashita, an acclaimed National Geographic photographer.

Acceptance notification is planned from Feb. 14-18. Awards, including cash prizes, will be announced at the reception on March 26.

All selected photographs will be exhibited at the historic Bishop Farmstead in Southampton from March 28 through April 30, and all submitted photos will be on display in the online gallery opening by April 15.

A total of six images can be submitted per photographer.

All participants must use the Smarter Entry system to register. Photos must be JPEG format, and files cannot exceed 8MB in size.

Learn more at www.PinelandsPhotoExhibit.org or email entries@pinelandsalliance.org.



Thursday, Feb. 3

Born in Amwell Township to a free Black mother, Jacob Francis lived his 82-year life in a world of revolutionary change. He became caught up in the rising tide of revolution in the 1760s and ’70s and served in the Continental Army, including at the Battle of Trenton, and then the New Jersey militia.

Establishing himself as a farmer, he married an enslaved woman named Mary, freed her and they raised their eight children in the vicinity of Flemington during a period of rising interest in abolition.

Larry Kidder will offer a virtual online presentation at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 via GoToMeeting, or reserve a seat in the Community Room at the Hopewell Branch Library to view a livestream broadcast of the program. To reserve a seat, call 609-737-2610 or email hopeprogs@mcl.org.​

Register at https://tinyurl.com/francisJacob

Co-sponsored by Hopewell Valley Historical Society, The Hopewell Museum and the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library.

For more information on Kidder’s projects and books, visit wlkidderhistorian.com.





Saturday, Feb. 5 and Sunday, Feb. 6

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present a Sibelius Violin Concerto at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 or 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.

For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/calendar/2022-spring-season-subscription



Select dates, Feb. 17 through April 21

Princeton University Concerts (PUC) shares initial plans for transitioning the series’ concert offerings to a live, in-person format.

Although the kinds of gatherings possible on-campus in the coming year is not yet known, PUC is actively working with Princeton University officials to lay the groundwork for a Spring 2022 season.

The current schedule is as follows:

Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.: Takács String Quartet & Julien Labro, Bandoneón

March 10, 7:30 p.m.: Mark Padmore, tenor, and Mitsuko Uchida, piano

March 24, 7:30 p.m.: Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Mitsuko Uchida, piano

March 31, 7:30 p.m.: Ébène String Quartet

April 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Dover String Quartet

April 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Tetzlaff String Quartet

April 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

All planned events will be realized in accordance with concurrent scientific, state, and university guidance, with the safety and health of the community in mind.

In the meantime, patrons are urged to mark their calendars and explore the planned offerings on PUC’s new website, puc.princeton.edu



Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present Ferrandez Plays Dvorak, an Edward T. Cone Concert, at 8 p.m. March 5 and at 4 p.m. March 6 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.

For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/performances/ferrandez-plays-dvorak/2022-03-05


Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present Brahms & Scriabin at 8 p.m. March 26 and at 4 p.m. March 27 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.

For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/performances/brahms-scriabin/2022-03-26



Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra will present Milanov & Jackiw at 8 p.m. May 7 and at 4 p.m. May 8 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, Princeton University.

For more information, visit https://princetonsymphony.org/performances/milanov-jackiw/2022-05-07


Through June 30

Mercer County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), offered in coordination with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, allows individuals meeting various income qualifications to apply for bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance and energy-related home repairs.

LIHEAP is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.

This year, the application period is Oct. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022.

To be eligible for LIHEAP benefits, the applicant household must be responsible for home heating or cooling costs, either directly or included in the rent; and have gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Applications, forms and information can be found on the Office of Housing and Community Development’s programs page on the county website. Mail to County of Mercer LIHEAP/USF Programs, 640 S. Broad St., Room 106, P.O. Box 8068, Trenton 08650; fax to 609-278-2758; email housing@mercercounty.org; or drop off at Mercer County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton.

If an in-person appointment is necessary, clients can call 609-337-0933 or email heatingappt@mercercounty.org to schedule an appointment at the County Administration Building, 640 S. Broad St., Trenton; or Mercer County Connection, Hamilton Square Shopping Center, 957 Route 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton.

For more information, contact Home Energy Assistance at 609-989-6959 (Spanish: 609-989-6736).




Continuing events





The Burlington County Lyceum of History and Natural Sciences is turning into a wedding venue.

Burlington County Clerk Joanne Schwartz will begin performing weddings every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. by appointment only, in the historic and picturesque Lyceum building on High Street in Mount Holly.

Burlington County couples interested in being married can make appointments online at http://co.burlington.nj.us/611/Marriage-Services.

There is no fee for the service, but couples must obtain a marriage license from the municipality where either the bride or groom resides or from Mount Holly, where the Lyceum is located. Obtaining a license typically takes 72 hours.

For more information, call the Clerk’s Office at 609-265-5142.




The Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit invites any licensed health care professional, practicing or retired, who lives or works in Mercer County and any community volunteer who lives or works in Mercer County who has an interest in health and emergency preparedness issues to join.

MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources to prepare for and respond to emergencies at a local level. All volunteers receive free training.

Sign up at https://njlmn.njlincs.net/jsp/mrc-index.jsp or call 609-989-6887 for more information.




Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking compassionate volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families.

Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their home, which can also be nursing facilities or assisted living facilities, at least once a week. Visits can be virtual and are during the day or early evening. Volunteers may also assist with administrative work in the hospice office.

To sign up for a virtual training class, contact Deborah Adams at 732-405-3035 or email Deborah@dovehs.com




Bentley Community Services, a designated 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, has been helping working families in financial crisis regain self-sufficiency by providing a full range of grocery provisions and more each week, offsetting grocery bills.

Bentley also offers educational and informational workshops throughout the year facilitated by professionals.

Bentley Community Services is located at 4064 Route 1 north, Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, but helps families in communities from the entire central New Jersey region, including Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Monmouth counties.

For more information, call 908-227-0684 or visit www.bentleycommunityservices.org

Donations of perishable, non-perishable foods and toiletries are accepted throughout the year.







Marketfair Princeton launched a Mall Rewards App that’s one of only two shopping centers in the state to offer such as technology service.

Marketfair Rewards is an app-based loyalty program where members can accumulate points in a variety of ways and use those points to redeem gifts such as discounts, gift cards to retailers, restaurant and wellness services and more in a shopping cart environment.

Download the app to a mobile device where the customer will receive 200 points for signing up. After every purchase, the customer has up to seven days to submit their receipt through the app which will immediately store the receipt for future use while also providing the guest with 1 point for every $1 spent.

Current participating retailers include Anthropologie, William Sonoma, Orange Twist, West Elm, Pottery Barn, Francesca’s, Athleta, Club Pilates, GAP, Eastern Mountain Sports, White House Black Market, Barnes & Noble and AMC.

Restaurants include Corners Bakery Café, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and TGI Friday’s.






The collaborative oral history project, Voices of Princeton, is seeking to preserve community members’ pandemic stories.

This collecting initiative is being led by the Princeton Public Library and the Historical Society of Princeton as part of the Voices of Princeton project.

Community members can record a conversation with a family member, friend, or neighbor, or can record a monologue reflection. Comprehensive instructions, including technology tips and question prompts, are available in a pandemic oral history guide on the Voices of Princeton website. No oral history experience or special equipment is needed.

Questions probe reflection on pandemic life, including day-to-day activities, emotions, family, activities, new hobbies, coming out of isolation, vaccination, and hopes and plans for the future.

All recordings will be archived at the Historical Society of Princeton and will be made available on the Voices of Princeton website. Stories already shared over the past year are available now as part of the COVID-19 Collection on the Voices of Princeton website.

For more information, visit www.princetonlibrary.org






Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick has launched the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group for families who are coping with loss due to addiction.

The free and confidential support group meets virtually on the second Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Saint Peter’s Opioid Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group is for families and close loved ones of people who have passed away from addiction.

The support group is open to everyone in New Jersey and serves as a safe space for families to discuss their grief.

To join the Substance Abuse and Addiction Loss Support Group, call Jeanne Delacruz, a social worker at Saint Peter’s who facilitates the support group, at 732-745-8522 or email jdanyus@saintpetersuh.com






The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corp (AECDC) Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting baby clothing sizes newborn-2T, diapers and books.
Donations can be picked up if within Middlesex County. Volunteers from the Rutgers School of Nursing will arrive between 10 a.m. and noon on the day indicated.
At this time, no shoes, equipment, toys, etc. can be collected.



NAMI In Our Own Voice (NAMI En Nuestra Propia Voz) is a program by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Jersey chapter geared toward community education and reducing the stigma of mental health, as trained volunteers share their lived experience of mental health recovery.

To schedule a presentation at a school, PTA meeting, congregation, town hall, support group or professional training, email ioov@naminj.org

Presentations are available in English and Spanish.







Central Jersey SCORE, a non-profit resource partner of the Small Business Administration, is looking for volunteers to assist people looking to start a business or grow an existing small business.

The organization is recruiting business owners and executives, both current and retired, who want to share their experience and knowledge with today’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Central Jersey Chapter of SCORE serves Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

Central Jersey SCORE provides in-person mentoring and webinars, both offered virtually in line with current pandemic restrictions. In addition, the SCORE website offers tools and templates on a wide variety of topics and numerous online courses and webinars to assist small business owners through every aspect of business development and management. Services are offered free of charge.

Anyone interested in volunteering with SCORE or seeking additional information should email marcia.glatman@scorevolunteer.org



The Mercer County Solidarity Network (MCSN) is a new mutual aid group designed to connect people in need throughout Mercer County with people who can help meet those needs.

The group is looking for individuals, families and businesses who would like to donate their time, resources or goods/services with people who have been affected by the pandemic and who request support. There is no minimum obligation – donors can specify whatever they feel they can provide and the group will match donors with individuals who have expressed a related need.

To sign up as a donor, visit www.mercersolidarity.org/ or email MercerCountyPOL@gmail.com.




Send items to calendar@centraljersey.com. The deadline for submissions each week is 5 p.m. on Tuesday. For details, call 732-358-5200, ext. 8233.

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